Samba star on his way to Old Trafford.
Moura the merrier: United have agreed £26m deal for Brazil superteen Lucas
Fergie will get his man (boy) as 19-year-old Olympian dazzler’s club Sao Paulo finally settle on massively upped price – now it’s down to personal terms
Manchester United have agreed a staggering £26 million deal with Sao Paulo for Brazil sensation Lucas Moura.
Boss Sir Alex Ferguson is being backed by the Glazers to land the 19-year-old wonder boy, who appeared as a sub against Team GB, and the move is now down to agreeing terms with his camp.
Ferguson’s negotiators have astonishingly doubled their valuation in the talks on Lucas, who has been a target for months as the Mirror first revealed in March.
Sao Paulo have accepted the sale price on Lucas, who is in England for the Olympics, and United are confident they can come to an agreement with his agents.
Lucas is looked after by his father and an agency and they want a big payment too, with United trying to agree those figures in a hurry.
Amazingly Lucas would need a permit appeal to be allowed to play in England, but with the money involved the authorities are sure to be convinced he is in the ‘special talent’ category.
Lucas would ideally have a medical as soon as possible, but Brazil are favourites for the gold medal – and it would be disruptive for them at the moment.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
It’s perhaps a little surprising that Man United would have sealed the signing of Lucas Moura for a fee of £26m given that many sources quoted their inability to complete the deal despite earlier bids of nearer £30m. Perhaps this fee doesn’t include the myriad of side payments to agents, as reference by the Daily Mirror above.
Moura has already made over 100 appearances for his hometown club and the Sao Paulo man already has 15 international caps to his name and the chances of securing a deal to sign the teenager are helped by the fact that the youngster is in England taking part in the 2012 Olympic football tournament.
Ferguson has already brought in Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell this summer but appears keen to further improve a squad that lost it’s Premier League crown to local rivals Man City and crashed out of the Champions League at the group stage.
Moura would add a more direct attacking edge to a midfield which has a fair few less offensively minded options including veteran Paul Scholes, an ageing Michael Carrick, an ill Darren Fletcher and an under-performing Anderson. Tom Cleverley is of course a fine prospect but is still to make the step up to becoming a consistent force.
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